International Holiday Dinners: Traditional German Christmas Dinner

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The tradition of the Christmas tree belongs to the Germans who, in 1605, first brought the evergreen inside the house to show hope for the up coming spring.

In early December, German children place their shoes outside the front door hoping Santa soon visit.  He visits Germany Dec 5th or 6th.  Although gifts are not opened until Christmas eve.  If they have been good, Santa will fill their shoes with treats, if not, he fills them with twigs.

Frohe Weihnachten!

The Menu:

Roast Goose

Suckling Pig

Weisswurst

German Potato Dumplings

German Red Cabbage Sauté

Brussel Sprouts in Beer

Caramel Turnips

Macaroni Salad

Rice Porrige

Christollen

A variety of German Breads

A variety of German cookies and Pastries

Hot Mulled Wine

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Recipe sources:

New Year’s Pretzel Bread

If you are to make one German food during the holidays, try the New Year’s Pretzel Bread that is said to bring good luck.

New Year’s Pretzel-Grosse Neujahrs-Breze

http://germanfood.about.com/od/bread/r/neujahr-breze.htm

Weihnachtsgans (Roast Goose)http://germanfood.about.com/od/celebrations/r/weihnactsgans.htm

Suckling Pighttp://www.ifood.tv/recipe/roast_suckling_pig Weisswurst–http://www.bigoven.com/16429-Weisswurst-recipe.html

Macaroni salad–

http://www.recipesource.com/fgv/salads/pasta/01/rec0153.html

Rice Porridge–http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/378/German_Christmas_Reisbrei_Rice_Porridge43284.shtml

Marzipan-http://www.vistawide.com/german/christmas/marzipan_recipe.htm

Lebkuchen-spice bars —http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lebkuchen-VI/Detail.aspx

Christstollen –7 diff recipes, http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/cat/1206/

German Stollen —http://www.ifood.tv/recipe/stollen-0 or

http://www.chiff.com/recipe/pages/10107.htm

Dresden Stollenhttp://www.foodgeeks.com/recipes/20439

Black Forest Stollen–http://www.sallybernstein.com/food/single-articles/christmas_germany.htm or http://www.tasty-german-recipe.com/spritz-cookies.html

Papparkakor (spicy ginger and black-pepper delights) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pepparkakor-ii/detail.aspx

Pfeffernüsse (cookies)-http://www.chiff.com/recipe/pages/10034.htm

Springerle (cookies) These beautiful cookies are made by the Pennsylvanin Amish. You can purchase the molds or the cookies at http://www.springerlehouse.com/

http://www.sallybernstein.com/food/single-articles/christmas_germany.htm

 

Zimtsterne – Cinnamon Star Cookies

http://www.chiff.com/recipe/pages/10085.htm

German Bread Recipes

http://germanfood.about.com/od/bread/tp/German-Bread.htm

Other web sites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_dinner

www.germanculture.com.ua/library/weekly/aa120298a.htm

www.christmas-tree.com/where.html

http://www.foodtimeline.org/christmasfood.html

http://www.chiff.com/christmas/christmas-germany.htm

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